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  • 24 February 2014, 7:18

Giant mango stolen by thieves in Australia

A man(go) hunt is under way in Australia after thieves armed with heavy machinery managed to steal a 10-metre, seven tonne monument during a midnight heist.

The Big Mango is one of 150 "Big Things" erected as tourist attractions in small towns across the country.

Its hometown of Bowen in Queensland has an abundance of mangos - but there is one fewer following the weekend raid.

Officials are now examining CCTV footage that appears to show thieves using a crane to commandeerthe monument.

However, suspicions the theft was a publicity stunt were raised when it emerged police had not been informed.

"It looks like it was sort of a two o'clock this morning type thing," said Bowen Tourism chairman Paul McLaughlin. "There was some heavy equipment and it looks like they've taken the mango.

"At the end of the day it's a bloody big mango and I'm sure someone will see it and we'll find it anyway.

"I think it'll definitely turn up, no doubt about that. We're not sure what has happened but I'm sure we'll get it back."

Mr McLaughlin said he thought it was a joke when he heard reports that the fruity statue - which was unveiled in 2002 - had disappeared.

But he added: "I've come out and sure enough the mango has disappeared."

Other "Big Things" in Oz include the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple, the Big Strawberry and multiple Big Apples and Oranges.

There are also giant fish, a lobster, penguin and kangaroo - and even a giant cask of wine.

Bowen is the mango production capital of Australia.

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